Tendulkar played a huge role in Mumbai Indians' CLT20 win

Sachin Tendulkar missed the recently concluded Champions League T20 tournament due to a toe injury Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Oct 11, 2011

Champions League T20 winners Mumbai Indians believe that Sachin Tendulkar’s presence and his influence played a big role in their successful campaign.

Skipper Harbhajan Singh told TOI, “He was very involved in everything…He is great role model to have in the dressing room,” Harbhajan said, talking about Tendulkar’s role in the Mumbai Indians scheme of things.”

“He has led Mumbai Indians in all four editions of the IPL and everyone close to him knows how dearly he wants to win that tournament,” Harbhajan added.

“That hasn’t happened as yet, but this time around, he ensured that Mumbai Indians made the Champions League cut with some inspiring batting performances and from there, it was the turn of the Harbhajans and Pollards to take the team to the coveted title.”

“He was always supportive and helped guys like Ambati Rayudu and (Tirumalasetti) Suman in the dressing room. We owe a lot to him,” Harbhajan added.

Harbhajan said Tendulkar backed every single youngster in the Mumbai Indians squad, which has helped them to develop a fighting unit.

“We always wanted to give them chances and not make them feel left out. Even in the IPL, we had tried a lot of youngsters and in this tournament they really raised their performances. That augurs well for us in IPL 5,” he said.

Ramji Srinivasan, Mumbai Indians trainer said, “He was so involved in everything. You must have seen how keenly he was following every game…This wouldn’t have been possible without him.”

When Mumbai Indians could manage only 139 in their final match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Tendulkar asked the team to fight till the last moment.

“He told the boys not to give up at any cost and fight till the last moment…He has this great ability to motivate players and the younger lot really felt charged up. It was as if they wanted to do it for Tendulkar,” Srinivasan added.